No idle hands: the social history of American knitting

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Ballantine Books, Aug 12, 1988 - Crafts & Hobbies - 484 pages
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Examines the history of the nation from the perspective of women and knitting, tracing the changes in day-to-day life and in women's roles in society from colonial times to the present

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Review: No Idle Hands: The Social History of American Knitting

User Review  - Janet - Goodreads

Nice audiobook about knitting, I learned lots. I can't imagine what people went through: knitting in covered wagons through hardships, knitting for servicemen during wars, servicemen knitting during ... Read full review

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User Review  - Greta - Goodreads

As a knitter and feminist, this book was a fascinating history of Women in America as viewed through the lens of Knitting. I was constantly telling other people about what I had found reading this book. It looses steam a bit somewhat towards the end, but a wonderful if dense read! Read full review

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Colonial Knitters
Knitting for Liberty
Knitting in the Circle of Domesticity

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Historian Anne L. MacDonald challenged the stereotype that women are mechanically inert in her book, "Feminine Ingenuity: Women and Invention in America.

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